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Re: In support of Jonas Bernoulli's Magit

From: Ingo Lohmar
Subject: Re: In support of Jonas Bernoulli's Magit
Date: Wed, 05 Jul 2017 20:37:38 +0200

I agree with the consensus in this thread, and on reading Richard's mail
this morning, several thoughts along the same lines crossed my mind.

Please let's not undermine a successful *free software* project (by the
strictest FSF definition) by trying to duplicate (presumably badly) the
work, passion, clear vision and eye for quality that Jonas has shown.

Also, from a practical point of view --- why would anybody in his/her
right mind contribute to such a project, instead of contributing to
Magit?  There are no ethical incentives, and any technical curiosity
has to face the *huge* amount of work and refinement that has already
happened in Magit.

Since getting copyright assignments for Magit contributions seems a
rather daunting task (given the longevity and the size of the project),
we could try to encourage technical steps to integrate parts of Magit
into GNU ELPA and/or Emacs.  Jonas has extracted several auxiliary
packages that might qualify, for example because they have been newly
written, rewritten, or have all necessary copyright assignments.  A
rewrite of magit's core using libgit2 (maybe as an Emacs module) is also
on the map --- maybe this could be done in such a way that it could
become part of Emacs?

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